Author of “The Dictator Pope” revealed (officially) and book format now available

Some people were clued in a long time ago, but were asked to keep it under wraps.  Now it is out in the open.

The Dictator Pope (revised and updated)now available in hard copy from Regnery for pre-order (23 April – US HERE – UK HERE) highly critical of Pope Francis and those around him, originally was published under the pen name of “Marcantonio Colonna”.

Previously, it was available only on Kindle.

Now his name has been revealed.  HERE

Marcantonio Colonna is the pen name of Henry Sire (H. J. A. Sire), an author and historian. Sire was born in 1949 in Barcelona to a family of French ancestry. He was educated in England at the Jesuits’ centuries-old Stonyhurst College and at Exeter College, Oxford, where he gained an honors degree in Modern History. He is the author of six books on Catholic history and biography, including one on the famous English Jesuit, writer, and philosopher Father Martin D’Arcy, SJ. The Dictator Pope is the fruit of Henry Sire’s four-year residence in Rome from 2013 to 2017. During that time he became personally acquainted with many figures in the Vatican, including Cardinals and Curial officials, together with journalists specializing in Vatican affairs.

He is also the author of another book, which I’ve noted here in the past.

Phoenix from the Ashes: The Making, Unmaking, and Restoration of Catholic Tradition


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  2. mharden says:

    Wow! His “Phoenix from the Ashes” is outstanding.

    Any idea of how much revision and additions have been done to “Dictator Pope”, for those of us who previously purchased the Kindle edition?

  3. Riddley says:

    Aha, I called this back when the book first came out on Kindle! How I enjoy being right…

    Now that it’s confirmed as being by Henry Sire I will definitely read it. I’ve never known him to write an uninteresting or inelegant sentence.

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  5. JesusFreak84 says:

    I honestly presumed the author was a member of the clergy, partially because that would have explained perfectly why the author would use (indeed, need,) a pen name to begin with. I wonder what will happen to the author now that the truth’s out…

  6. jaykay says:

    I got the Kindle version of “Phoenix from the Ashes” last year, via a quote and reference in Prof. Kwasniewski’s latest book which I was reading at the time. I was impressed by what I read in the quote and decided to buy it. I wasn’t disappointed – as Riddley says above, it is well written. Must read it again, actually.

  7. Geoffrey says:

    Wow! I recently purchased “The Knights of Malta: A Modern Resurrection” by H.J.A. Sire. Excellent book. Now the “insider” details outlined in the Order of Malta’s section of “The Dictator Pope” makes sense! Is this print version a revised edition?!

  8. cengime says:

    Now some people will stop reminding us that they have shady connections in Italy and won’t share their secret inside information on the book’s authorship no matter how much we ask. :-P

  9. acardnal says:

    Video from GloriaTV wherein Henry Sire speaks about his previous book “Phoenix from the Ashes” at the Roman Forum. HERE

  10. ChesterFrank says:

    A Priests advice if this book is worth reading would be extremely helpful. I have no previous knowledge of the author or his credibility, and instinct tells me to avoid any book that calls the Pope a dictator. I do recall years ago many religious leaders telling people to stay away from Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Those I knew were fiction, should I avoid this also?

  11. majuscule says:


    I hope you are being facetious!

  12. HeatherPA says:


    Whether or not ChesterFrank is being facetious, I can personally say I haven’t read the book and I think that it wouldn’t be very beneficial to ordinary laypeople, at any rate. We are bound to pray for the Holy Father and his intentions. That is all.

    I hear enough around the periphery of the Catholic world to know of his deeds. This book would just be disturbing and upsetting, and make me feel powerless. I already do offer up more prayers, rosaries, and fasts for him and those who are being influenced by his non Encyclical teachings that are being given more weight than Encyclicals by many who know better. That is what I can do as a layperson.

    Can I just say I am quietly relieved a priest didn’t write this book, for that priests sake?

    I see no merit honestly for a regular faithful Catholic to read this book. Surely I will be schooled as to why it’s important.

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